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Friday, September 27, 2013

Tourism Indonesia Mart & Expo (TIME) 2013

This year's TIME, the Tourism Indonesia Mart & Expo 2013 or otherwise known as "Pasar Wisata" will take place in Padang, capital of West Sumatra from 18th to 21th October 2013, after the success of two consecutive editions in Bandar Lampung, capital of Lampung Province.

TIME is an annual event organized by the Tourism Society of Indonesia (Masyarakat Pariwisata 
Indonesia/MPI) supported by various shareholders of Indonesian Tourism including the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, the Provincial Government of West Sumatra , the Association of Indonesia's Travel Agents (ASITA), the Association of Tour Guides of Indonesia, the Association of Hotel and Restaurants (PHRI), and Garuda Indonesia airline.

TIME is the only international contract travel mart in Indonesia with a direct business to business concept. The event is a meeting place for those who sell tourism products and services of Indonesia (sellers) to the international market (buyers). TIME is Indonesia's only mart listed in the calendar of international travel marts together with ITB Berlin, WTM London, Arabian Travel Mart (ATM), PATA Travel Mart, and other similar world prestigious events. TIME 2013 will present all Indonesia's tourist destinations, including popular and newly discovered travel destinations, tourism objects, and new product developments.

Padang was chosen as the venue for this year considering its relatively easy connections to neighboring countries since the Minangkabau International Airport serves direct flights to and from Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and Singapore. Participants will also be introduced to the fascinating landscape of West Sumatra including Bukittinggithe Sianok Gorge, and Lake Singkarak.

This year, the number of buyers are expected to increase to 83 from 28 countries; while the transaction value is projected to reach over US$ 19 million.

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